WHO CAN DO FLOWRIDER?
Flowrider is for almost anyone in good physical condition. It is a strenuous activity. Participants must be able to swim in turbulent moving water. Participants must be in good physical condition and free from any physical limitations. Pregnant women and persons with a history of heart, back, neck, shoulder or joint problems should not participate.
If you have any special concerns regarding your physical condition, please consult an instructor.
The Flowrider experience requires a minimum height of 42” to bodyboard and 52″ to flowboard. Children pick up skills quite quickly. Child riders must be able to follow directions from the instructor and be able to swim in turbulent moving water. Riders must be bare foot and swimsuits are required. The flowing water may pull off bathing suit tops, bottoms, and loose clothing. Surf shirts are strongly recommended for all female participants.
Flowboarding is a sport of continual progression; even the best riders continue to learn. Our instructors will help teach, coach and guide you in the process.
All sessions start with a short safety briefing. Only one person may be on a side of the wave at a time. There is no sliding down the sides of the wave or running across the water. All boards must be treated with care and kept at the bottom of the wave for everyone to share. Participants will wait in line and take turns.
First-timers can expect to begin by laying down on the bodyboard, starting from the front of the wave and learning how to turn side to side by pulling on the edges of the bodyboard with their arms while leaving their legs dragging in the water to keep the board straight. The first trick bodyboarders can learn is pulling up onto their knees, leaving their toes in the water to act as a rudder and putting their hands in the water to keep the board straight. They can then lean side to side to carve on their knees. There are a few other tricks that can be learned on the bodyboard even in the first session. Our instructors will give you feedback throughout your session to help you improve and learn new skills.
After trying the bodyboard at least once, participants can try to stand up on the flowboard. The instructor will hold the board at the front of the wave while the surfer holds onto a rope with their front hand. The surfer steps on the board with their front foot first, then their back foot at the back of the board, bends their knees, leans back on the back leg and slowly lowers into the water. They try to hold steady and not let the water take the board away from them and always keep shoulders and hips straight while looking forward to keep the board straight. Once stable in the middle of the wave, surfers can try to carve side to side by pressing on their toes to go forward and heels to go back all while keeping the board straight.
Falling is a part of the sport. Falls happen suddenly. The best thing to do if you feel like you are going to fall is sit down in the water and try to bring your arms in close to your body. If you can’t anticipate your fall, still try your best to bring your arms in and roll to your back. Never try to push against the water. Let the flow take you to the top where you can collect your board and walk down the walkway on the side.
Don’t let falls discourage you! Just get in line and try again and our instructors can help you understand what happened and how to try it a better way next time. Feel free to ask your instructor any questions throughout your session, we look forward to helping you succeed on the wave whether a first timer or returning surfer!